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December 6, 2008
Special Event: Hman Rights Works presents
Benefit Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Speaker: Special Guest: Professor George Edwards
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm
Location: Conour Atrium
Contact: Marina Waters at 317-450-0868 or

Cost: $10.00 per person

Indianapolis non-profit organization, Human Rights Works, Inc. will observe Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) by hosting a benefit celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on Sat., Dec. 6, 2008 at the Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis Atrium (530 W. New York Street), 7-10pm. The celebration is part of a year-long worldwide campaign led by the United Nations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UDHR, recognized as one of the founding documents of modern day human rights. The event features local human rights expert Professor George Edwards, a documentary preview on human rights and street children, a silent auction featuring local artwork, and entertainment provided by Motus Dance Theatre and DJ Kyle Long. The event is open to the general public. Ticket s are $10 per person at the door.

Logo for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Delcaration of Human Rights

The benefit celebration of the UDHR launches the newly established Human Rights Works, Inc., an organization that aims to empower the community of Indianapolis to address human rights issues locally and globally through education, local action, and hands-on experience. Human Rights Works (HWR) Co-founder and Executive Director, Marina Waters, explains, “This event is designed to create connections between local organizations, educators, public agencies and the general public around local and international human rights issues.”

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a timeless document. It enshrines self-evident truths that all humans are created equally and are endowed with inherent dignity and inalienable rights. Indianapolis moves in solidarity with the rest of the world in celebrating a document that declares liberty, equality and justice for all,” says HRW Co-Founder and Human Rights Education Program Director, Kevin Mu ñ oz.

The 60th Anniversary Benefit Celebration will have both a local and international theme. It begins at 7 P.M. with a silent auction featuring donations by artists and local businesses, including Artur Silva, Byran Moore, Sara Zeta Zuckerman, Invoke Yoga Studio, and Mass Ave. vendors. Event proceeds will benefit the Children of the Andes Foundation, an organization providing support to children living and working on the street.

Following the auction, a preview of a human rights education documentary project produced by Indiana School of Law- Indianapolis alumni Robert Masbaum, Kevin Mu ñ oz and Tim Staggs will be viewed. Masbaum, recipient of the 2007 Lilly Foundation’s Creative Teacher Fellowship, worked with Children of the Andes Foundation and other international organizations to produce the documentary “Derechos del Nino” (Rights of the Child). The film includes exclusive interviews with street children in Latin America and expert commentary from international human rights lawyer s , local community leaders and activists. It will be released in Spring 2009 for use in public education projects.

After the preview, Prof. George E. Edwards, Carl M. Gray Professor of Law and Director of the Program in International Human Rights Law of IU School of Law- Indianapolis will address the historical relevance and modern day application of the UDHR. Prof. Edwards will also discuss the importance of human rights education in promoting and promulgating the principals enshrined in the UDHR.

Indianapolis ’ premier DJ Kyle Long, will play international music and Motus Dance Theatre, a local modern dance company will perform an original piece choreographed for this event. Appetizers, wine, and beer will be provided by Urban Element Restaurant and Lounge. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the UDHR, courtesy of Human Rights Works, Inc. and the Indiana School of Law- Indianapolis.

This event is open to the public and costs $10 at the door. IU School of Law- Indianapolis is located at 530 W. New York Street, 46202. Parking is free. Enter via the New York Street entrance. Please contact Human Rights Works with questions about the event. Ph: 317-450-0868 or email: